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    Posted December 13, 2011 by
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    Bob Jones University students, alumni hold silent protest.

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     modestoam shot these interviews with protesters at Bob Jones University who are holding silent demonstrations against board member Chuck Phelps, and to spread awareness for sexual abuse in Fundamentalist Baptist Christianity. 'I believe that [Phelps] staying in his position as board member for as long as he did was a huge disservice to the school, and to that segment of Christianity,' he said.
    - jmsaba, CNN iReport producer

    A small group of students (former and current) convened upon Bob Jones University today to hold a silent protest to get the word out about sexual abuse within Independent Fundamental Baptist Christian circles. The students, some traveling as far as Michigan, wore red as a symbol of their cause and released balloons in unison to show public awareness of abuse within this segment of Christianity. The group is called “Do Right BJU” and has a sole purpose of bringing out the tradition of secrecy within Fundamentalist Christianity.

     

    Do Right was started earlier this year in order to get Bob Jones board member, Chuck Phelps, to step down from his position. Phelps, Then pastor of Trinity Baptist church, is said to have inadequately reported the rape of Tina Anderson, a 15 year old parishioner of his church, by Ernie Willis, a business man and member of the same church. Ernie impregnated Tina and when it was figured out Tina was “Church Disciplined”. This discipline consisted of a public apology to the church, and being sent to Colorado to give birth to, and adopt out, her baby.

     

    The story of Tina Anderson was not told until there was a posting on the Facebook group “ Independent Fundamental Baptist Cult Survivors “ about the situation. Several people took action after hearing of this injustice and sought to pursue justice for Tina Anderson. After a strong online pursuit, Ernie Willis was arrested and sentences to 15-30 years for forcible rape of a minor.

     

    According to “Do Right BJU” Tina is not the only one that has been abused, there are many men and women that have been hurt by pastors and parishioners alike.

     

    Chuck Phelps still remains on the board of several Christian camps and Christian mission boards.

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